theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.50 oz.) that features eighteen eyeshadows that range from beige to blue to black with a variety of finishes. The palette gives off a more muted vibe–none of the colors are really bold or bright, they tend to have a softer, more muted quality to them. Some shades are good color payoff while others were just so-so, but many of them were powdery and a little dry (not stiff, just a drier, powdery consistency). I noticed many were prone to fading, and I felt like it was difficult to apply these without a primer underneath, as the powdery, drier texture made the product less inclined to stick to bare skin. This primer absolutely needs a primer to be workable in order to combat the under-pigmented eyeshadows along with the more powdery textures that they have.
Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of the more disappointing palettes I’ve come across from the brand for one simple reason: these eyeshadows aren’t like the originals/individual/permanent versions. There is something distinctly different in the texture and application in just about all the shades; they’re drier, thinner, and more powdery–they don’t adhere as well to bare skin (which isn’t usually an issue I have with Urban Decay’s formula), lack some depth/intensity compared to the original or standalone version, and are just… off. There’s a soft, dense, buttery feeling that is present with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows that is missing in action in this palette. The palette is also in dire need of more variety in finishes–it is primarily frosted–and two of the three “new” shades are quite similar to existing/previously released shades.
Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes four shades is a mix of peach and purple. The color payoff, texture, and wear of the three of the four shades is really nice, but I wasn’t keen on the more glittery shade as it was sheerer and had a fair amount of fall out while worn. I also wished for more finish variation, as the overall look is rather metallic applied.
Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Eyeshadow Palette ($250.00 for 30 x 0.08 oz.) is a limited edition palette to commemorate Make Up For Ever’s 30th anniversary. It’s available online through Sephora for VIB Rouges now (yesterday, it just said VIBs… today it says VIB Rogues) and will open up to everyone on the 9th. I pre-ordered and purchased mine from a Make Up For Ever boutique. Stock in boutiques is really low–the one I went to had 10 (all spoken for) and that was “a lot” of stock relative to other boutiques around the country, so your best bet is likely through Sephora (and probably online).
Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes four shades that range from beige to taupe to dark brown. Overall, it’s a decent to good set of shades, and I think it hinges on how much you love (or loathe) glitter, because the glittery shade does have fall out issues throughout wear. It’s pretty, but you will find glittery bits all over the face by the end of the day. The darker brown shade is buildable, but it could have been more pigmented. All four shades were easy to blend and apply to the lid, and they worked well together.